Crock Pot Stuffing takes my favorite classic stuffing recipe and turns it into an easy make ahead side dish. This stuffing is perfect to serve along side turkey dinner!

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Once I started cooking my stuffing in my slow cooker, it’s the only way I make it now!  Not only is it easy and delicious, it can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance making it the perfect side during a busy meal! Turkey dinner is a big undertaking so I try to plan ahead as much as I can both before the meal and on turkey day (I use this turkey dinner planner to keep everything in order).

When you walk into my kitchen a few hours before that golden turkey is out of the oven, you’ll see slow cookers and vegetable steamers all lined up on one side of the kitchen. I try to have all of the sides and accompaniments prepared ahead of time.  I no longer boil my mashed potatoes, I make slow cooker mashed potatoes and I often have veggies like carrots and broccoli washed and sitting in the veggie steamer ready to go (and of course this Crock Pot stuffing)! When the turkey is ready, it comes out of the oven and literally the only thing I have to do is cook up the gravy while it rests.

crockpot stuffing on plate

I do have to make a confession… while I always make a ton of dishes for any turkey dinner including rolls, veggies, salads and all that other jazz that goes along with turkey the only thing I care about is the stuffing (and gravy).  Truly, if I just had a big ol’ plate of stuffing, I’d be a happy camper (and I always ALWAYS take seconds of the stuffing).

The Best Bread for Stuffing

You can make delicious stuffing with ANY kind of bread from hot dog buns to leftover bagels or crusts of bread.  To make perfect stuffing, you’ll need to ensure your bread cubes or crumbs are dry before beginning.

My personal favorite bread for stuffing is using half white sandwich bread and half brown sandwich bread and drying it myself. It gives the best texture and flavor allowing for the seasonings and celery/onion mixture flavor to really shine through.

My second choice is dried unseasoned bread cubes from the store.  I prefer to add my own seasonings and control the sodium (and MSG). (I use a homemade poultry seasoning).

How to Dry Bread for Stuffing

There are two ways I dry bread for stuffing:

1. Make day old bread: Cut your bread into cubes and leave it on the counter uncovered at  least 24 hours (stirring occasionally).

2. Dry Bread Crumbs in the oven: Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Lay fresh bread cubes in a single layer and cook 25 minutes stirring half way or until dried.  Ensure your bread doesn’t toast or brown.

An important note about adding the broth!  You are going to add just enough broth to the cubes to moisten them.  Depending on the type of bread you use your broth amount could vary by up to a cup or more!  You want enough broth so that the cubes are moist but not mushy as the onions/celery and other add ins will also add a bit of moisture to the stuffing.

crockpot stuffing on baking dish

Cooks Tip: If you accidentally add too much liquid and your stuffing is too wet, don’t despair!  Add in a couple of handfuls of dry bread cubes or store bought croutons.  They’ll soak up any extra moisture creating the perfect consistency.

While I like a simple classic stuffing, if you’re more adventurous, you can most certainly add in whatever you’d like such as fresh or dried cranberries, fried mushrooms or even cooked sausage. Once you make this easy Crock Pot stuffing, it’ll definitely become your go to!

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Crock Pot Stuffing

Easy stuffing made from scratch and cooked to perfection in your slow cooker.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
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Ingredients  

  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning store bought or homemade
  • 2 medium onions diced
  • 2 cups celery chopped
  • 6 cups cubed and dried white bread
  • 6 cups cubed and dried brown bread
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs, or more to taste thyme, sage, rosemary (optional)
  • 3-4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 eggs

Instructions 

  • Heat butter over medium heat until melted. Stir in poultry seasoning, black pepper and salt to taste. Add celery & onions and cook until softened (do not brown). Cool completely.
  • Place bread cubes in a large bowl. Add cooled celery and onion mixture, parsley and fresh herbs if using.
  • Add chicken broth a little bit at a time just to moisten and gently stir. You may not need all of the broth (see note below). Stir in eggs.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight if making ahead of time.
  • Grease a 5-6 qt slow cooker well. Place stuffing in the slow cooker and turn onto high for 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to low and cook an additional 3-4 hours or until hot and cooked through. If stuffing is done before your meal is ready it can remain on warm.

Notes

If using bread cubes you have dried yourself at home you will need closer to 2 cups of broth. If using dried store bought bread cubes/crumbs, you will need closer to 3 cups broth.
I add about 1 heaping tablespoon of fresh herbs to my stuffing.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 254 | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 7.7mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. I usually make stuffing using crumbs and no eggs when stuffing turkey. I am cooking turkey ahead this time unstuffed. Can I do this recipe using crumbs and no eggs? Will the timing change if so?

    1. You can use crumbs and no eggs if you’d like. As long as the measurements are the same, not timing changes will be needed.

  2. “can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance” – How so? Do you mean you can leave it in the slow cooker for up to 24 hours or something else?

    1. Hi K, you can prepare it ahead as directed in the recipe. Store it in the refrigerator until ready to use, then reheat before serving,

    1. Hi Jennifer, I have never tried using crostini but I think it should work if you cut them up into cubes. I would love to hear how this recipe turns out for you!

  3. Going to be making this but I was wondering why the egg? I’ve never seen it in a stuffing recipe, what purpose does it serve? Thanks!

    1. Hi Sheena, we use the egg as a binder to help hold the stuffing together. Other readers have omitted the egg and still had great results so you could do that if preferred! Let us know how it turns out for you

  4. I loved using the crockpot for this on Thanksgiving. I pretty much followed the recipe, except used 3 tablespoons of sage, and about 1 tablespoon, each of rosemary and thyme. Next year I might try making my own bread cubes. My dad was the dressing maker at our house and he used lots of sage and we like it.5 stars

  5. Made this recipe for Thanksgiving and it was absolutley delicious!! Will be adding to our meal every year from now on!!5 stars

  6. I’ve made this recipe so many times, it is so delicious. This is a must for Thanksgiving making the stuffing in the crock pot saves time and room in the oven.5 stars

  7. This recipe is a game changer. No more stuffing the bird. I simmered a turkey wing in 5 cups water for around 2 hours. Removed the wing and let the broth cool. Skimmed the fat off the broth, seasoned it and used it instead of chicken broth. I removed the skin and bones from the wing and diced up the meat and added it to the cubes, veggies, seasonings and 3 cups of the turkey both. Delicious and easy and it can all be done the day before the bid day!5 stars

  8. Still hearing rave reviews after Thanksgiving for this recipe. I did use Publix supermarket sourdough bread (round) to make my own bread cubes. Will always do this in future. Add in the herbs (Publix supermarket has small mix of sage/thyme/rosemary packaged as “poultry blend”) used a little of each for 1 TBSP. YUMMY! I’ve made crockpot stuffing before with different recipe and was disappointed. Followed recipe to not over moisten bread. Stirred half way while through while on high to avoid burning a some reviewers mentioned. At two hours in stirred again. Needed a little more chicken broth. Mixed more in small amounts. My new recipe! Yay! Been trying recipes for years in case no turkey cooked with stuffing or needed more dressing for guests. TRY IT!

  9. I’ve used this recipe, or riffed on it, before and again this year. As usual, it turned out very good.
    Thanks for the help during a busy day of cooking. :)5 stars

  10. Hi Holly!

    I have this in the slow cooker now! Just out of curiosity does the onion/celery mixture need to be cooled due to adding the eggs? Growing up we always just cooked it up and threw it all together… just curious about the reasoning behind it :) thanks so much for the recipe!